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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Review: Mystery Hill

Mystery Hill Mystery Hill by R. Patrick Gates
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review of MYSTERY HILL by R. Patrick Gates

MYSTERY HILL is a tautly-constructed YA horror/mystery involving (naturally) monsters, mythology, clueless adults (several), and smart youngsters (some too smart for their own good). It's fast-paced and a one or two sitting read; certainly it kept me turning the pages. Definitely emotionally involving, the story explores relationships in families, blended families, and families with loss (of a parent), as well as sibling rivalry gone ballistic.

When Jenny, her father, stepmother, and stepbrother move to a tiny Maine community, just so her stepmother can live her dream of living in a Colonial era rustic farmhouse, Jenny is distraught at being uprooted from her school and friends. Little could she realize initially how much worse can happen. She soon makes two good friends in whom she delights, but their very proximity to her puts the friends and their families in danger, as well as Jenny's own blended family.



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